Sunday’s Pastoral Prayer
Give us deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach;
Help us to flee from it, and resolve that our hearts be yours alone.
Give us deeper trust, that we may lose ourselves and find ourselves in you,
the ground of our rest, the spring of our being.
Give us a deeper knowledge of you–as savior, master, Lord, and king.
Give us deeper power in private prayer, more satisfaction in your Word, greater understanding of its truths.
Give us deeper holiness in speech, thought, and action, let us not seek moral virtue apart from you.
Plough us deeply, great Lord, heavenly husbandman [gardener], that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until you alone are seen in me, your beauty golden like a summer harvest, your fruitfulness as autumn plenty.
We have no master but you, no law but your will, no delight but yourself, no wealth but what you have given us, no peace except what comes from you.
Quarry us deeply, dear Lord, and then fill us to overflowing with living waters.
Source: Adapted from The Valley of Vision.